This is one of the best movies ever.
It's by the guy who did Delicatessan & City of
Lost Children, but neither of those really have anything in common
with this. This is a story about love & hope & simple happiness
& a lot of things. & then the cinematography is amazing to
boot. What happens isn't nearly as important as the hope it brings
that romance & simple pleasure don't die quite as young as I often
think. Here's my friend Marlene's review of it:
Amélie, the French film directed
by Jean Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen), is a delightful romp through the
quagmire of longing and loneliness. Amélie, the lovely impish
title character, is played with splendid humor and perfection by Audrey
Tauton. Tauton could very well be the next Juliette Binoche of the
French and American screen.
After Amélie’s mother is killed
in a freak accident when Amélie is a small child, Amélie
tries desperately to connect with her father who is largely distant and
uncommunicative. Amélie matures into a lonely recluse with romantic
sensibilities. Central to the film is Amélie’s disparate detachment
from the world as she hides away in her apartment daydreaming about how
her departure from the world will affect human kind. She has an epiphany,
suddenly realizing her purpose in life. Amélie fashions herself
a fairy godmother to the lonely outcasts of the world and pledges to devote
herself to bringing them relief from their loneliness.
Amélie leads us through a tangled
web of sub plots that show us what lengths we’ll go to in order to hide
from our own desires when our hearts are sad and lonely. As champion
to the outcasts, Amélie secretly engineers good deeds that help
an eccentric cast of characters heal their broken hearts, giving them chances
at happiness, while further estranging herself from her own desire for
happiness and companionship. Amélie becomes a clever master
at meddling in other people’s lives, playing goddess with great hilarity.
Not even Amélie’s family is
exempt from falling prey to her schemes. Much to her dismay, Amélie’s
father has set up an outdoor shrine to his dead wife, complete with a ceramic
lawn ornament. Both disparaged by her father’s grief stricken, sullen
obsession with the shrine and saddened by his unspoken life long desire
to travel, Amélie kidnaps the lawn ornament and sends it to foreign
lands where its travels are documented in photos and mailed back to her
befuddled father. Throughout the film, Amélie is constantly
busy plotting good deeds to bring joy to strangers and friends alike. At
her waitressing job, she plays cupid to a repressed hypochondriacal co-worker
and a heart broken patron. Prepare for dark surprises as Amélie
isn’t always entirely benign and syrupy sweet. There are several
scenes where she plays judge and jury to a local shop keeper, punishing
him for his mistreatment of a developmentally disabled employee.
At the film’s conclusion, the viewer
is delighted and amused by the outcomes of Amélie’s plots. The colorful
bursts of light employed in the stylish cinematography are nothing short
of spectacular. The screenplay is creative and clever. Perhaps the only
flaw is the annoyingly exhausting cat and mouse game Amélie plays
with her potential suitor, even though her meddling in his life is seen
as symbolic of Amélie’s fear of letting go and allowing happiness
to find her. The joy that she brings to others is a satisfying distraction.
Amélie is filled with wacky
offbeat characters, witty dialogue, and dreamy urban scenery. Hope,
redemption, and triumph over loneliness are celebrated themes as the reclusive
characters are connected to one another through Amélie’s cunning
imagination for intrigue. This film is a charming, adventurous escape.
Ed's Next Move
Another movie about a scientist falling
in love with a folk singer. Maybe too accurate to life with its images
of relative morality & infidelity. Because it doesn't ever seem
as obviously wrong when you're the bad guy, right?
This is a pretty great movie. The
only weak point to me is that i don't like the voice of the girl that plays
the best friend. It's kind of about my fear of becoming a lonely
music geek with no hope left in my life. In a way it's about the
same thing as Amelie, but with a sadder conclusion.
The Ice Storm
I'm kinda surprised I never saw this movie
before since it stars Christina Ricci. It's kinda really good, but
then the whole plotline about wife swapping I find really disturbing.
When Christina Ricci is trying to seduce this other high schooler who still
plays with GI Joe dolls, I thought I was gonna die because it was so funny-creepy-real.
I don't think I really like David Lynch
movies. I don't know what the hell is going on in this movie &
I don't think it's worth my time to find out.
A movie about the truely psychotic nature
of college string playing girls. There's really nothing too good
about this movie, but i watched it anyway because the girl is kinda cute
in this really weird highly stylized way.